Dr Surindar Kishen Dhesi PhD, FCIEH CEnvH, SFHEA

Dr Surindar Kishen Dhesi

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health and Risk Management

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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Surindar Dhesi is an environmental health lecturer and active chartered practitioner involved in several multi-disciplinary and multi-method projects on the conditions experienced by migrants, refugees and internally displaced people in France, Indonesia, Gaza, Rwanda and Nigeria. 

The overarching aim of her work is to help protect the most vulnerable members of society by understanding, documenting, and seeking solutions to environmental health inequalities.


  • PhD  ‘Exploring how Health and Wellbeing Boards are tackling health inequalities, with a focus on Environmental Health’- University of Manchester
  • MSc Public Health- Oxford Brooked University
  • NEBOSH Diploma
  • BSc Environmental Health- Kings College, University of London


Dr Dhesi is Director of the IOSH-accredited MSc Health, Safety and Environment Management. 

She also leads modules on the CIEH-accredited MSc in Environmental Health and

MSc in Public and Environmental Health Science

Other activities

  • Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • A founder member of the UK Environmental Health Research Network (EHRNet)
  • Graduate member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Listed on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR)


Recent publications


Day, C, Couch, R & Dhesi, S 2021, COVID-19: The Global Environmental Health Experience. 1st edn, Routledge, London. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781003157229

Dhesi, S 2018, Tackling Health Inequalities; Reinventing the role of Environmental Health. Routledge, London .


Lee, J, Dhesi, S, Phillips, I, Jeong , M, Kwon , K, Jung , D & Lee , C 2022, 'Equal opportunities for foreign seafarers to ensure sustainable development in the Korean merchant shipping industry', Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, vol. 10, no. 6, 830. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse10060830

Ferranti, E, Wong, JHY & Dhesi, S 2021, 'A comparison of government communication of climate change in Hong Kong and United Kingdom', Weather, Climate, and Society, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 287–302. https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-20-0123.1

Lee, J, Dhesi, S, Phillips, I, Jeong , M & Lee , C 2021, 'Korean maritime cadets’ onboard training environment survey', Sustainability, vol. 13, no. 8, 4161. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084161

Rodrigues , MA, Silvaad, MV, Errette, NA, Davis, G, Lynch, Z, Dhesi, S, Hannelly, T, Mitchell, G, Dyjack, D & Ross, KE 2020, 'How can Environmental Health Practitioners contribute to ensure population safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic?', Safety Science, vol. 136, 105136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2020.105136

Robertshaw, L, Dhesi, S & Jones, L 2017, 'Challenges and facilitators for health professionals providing primary healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers in high-income countries: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative research', BMJ open, vol. 2017, no. 7, e015981. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-015981

Dhesi, S, Isakjee, A & Davies, T 2017, 'Public health in the Calais refugee camp: environment, health and exclusion', Critical Public Health, pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2017.1335860

Porusia, M, Poynter, A, Dhesi, S & Lynch, Z 2017, 'The Bait Preference of American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana): Field and Laboratory Strains', Advanced Science Letters, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 3558-3561. https://doi.org/10.1166/asl.2017.9170

Davies, T, Isakjee, A & Dhesi, S 2017, 'Violent Inaction: The Necropolitical Experience of Refugees in Europe', Antipode, vol. 49, no. 5, pp. 1263-1284. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12325

Stewart, J & Dhesi, S 2016, 'Affordable warmth: Housing strategies for older people', Housing, Care and Support, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 23-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/HCS-07-2015-0012

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Dhesi, S, Davies, T & Isakjee, A 2020, Informal Migrant Camps. in Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration. Edward Elgar.

Lynch, Z & Dhesi, S 2017, George Cadbury and Corporate Social Responsibility. in J Stewart (ed.), Pioneers in Public Health. Routledge.

Coleman, A, Dhesi, S & Peckham, S 2016, Health and Wellbeing Boards: the new system stewards? in Dismantling the NHS? Evaluating the impact of health reforms (2010-2015) . Bristol, Policy Press.

Conference contribution

Porusia, M, Ratni, RAP & Dhesi, S 2020, Toxicity of Commercially Available Bar Soap on American Cockroaches (Periplaneta americana). in Proceedings of the International Conference and the 10th Congress of the Entomological Society of Indonesia . Atlantis Press. https://doi.org/10.2991/absr.k.200513.028

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